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North Bergen police raised $5,000 partaking in "No Shave November." Photo courtesy of the township.

By Daniel Israel and Jordan Coll

North Bergen police raise $5,000 from ‘No Shave November’

Members of the North Bergen Police Department raised nearly $5,000 during “No Shave November” to support Fight CRC, a group committed to funding research and raising awareness of colorectal cancer, with each participating officer donating $50.

To help bring attention to the cause, police officers went unshaven for the entire month and made voluntary contributions to the charity. “No shave November” ended with Barbers Ed Barry and Rene Diaz, from The Jagged Edge Spa & Salon, shaving off the participants’ beards inside the Eye Contact Vision Center on Bergenline Avenue on Tuesday, November 29.

Eye Contact Vision Center’s owner Robert Ceragno, a colon cancer survivor, also participated in the shave off. Ceragno has been an outspoken supporter of Fight CRC, and for the past seven years, he has sponsored both the annual Shave-Off and No-Shave November.

The cause has had active support from the NBPD since the beginning, and officers look forward to it every year. Along with other participants, Chief Peter Fasilis and Public Safety Commissioner Allen Pascual grew out their beards, shaving it off, in support of the fight against cancer.

Jersey City offers free testing on World AIDS Day

The Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services, along with the Division of Community Health and Wellness, offered free HIV/AIDS medical screenings and giveaways at the City Hall Annex Parking lot from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on December 1 in honor of World AIDS Day.

Read more on the story at www.hudsonreporter.com.

Mayor Sacco ties the knot

The 76-year-old North Bergen Mayor and State Senator for the 32nd Legislative District, recently married longtime girlfriend Kathryn Somick at a ceremony at the Venetian in Garfield on November 26. The mayor’s brother Joseph was Sacco’s best man, his grandson Nathan was the ring bearer, and Somick’s granddaughter Skyler was the maid of honor. The reception at the Bergen County facility was attended by hundreds of family members and friends.

Hoboken keeps on springing leaks

In the aftermath of the most recent Hoboken water main break, officials say their long-term effort is to work with Veolia, the service provider, to try to minimize breaks in the city’s 100 year old system of water pipes.

Read more on the story at www.hudsonreporter.com.

Hoboken and Jersey City to host toy drives

With the holiday season coming, the Hoboken Police Department is hosting their second annual toy drive called “Peachy.” Jersey City will also have its 26th annual toy drive event in city hall for these holidays. For families who are pre-registering, proof of residency is required.

Read more of where you could drop off toy donations at www.hudsonreporter.com.

North Bergen hosting first Holiday Vendor Fair

Mayor Nicholas Sacco and the Board of Commissioners present North Bergen’s first Holiday Vendor Fair on December 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Recreation Center, 6300 Meadowview Avenue.

Many local vendors and small businesses will be there, offering crafts, toys, gifts, food treats, and much more. The event will also feature free photos with Santa from 12 to 3 p.m.

Those interested in becoming a vendor can contact Aimee Focaraccio at 201-923-8815.

New pilot parking program in Hoboken

To make parking easier for residents of Hoboken this upcoming Holiday season, Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced a new pilot program through the app ParkMobile.

Find out more about the program at www.hudsonreporter.com.

Hoboken councilman declares re-election bid

On November 28, 2022 Hoboken 5th Ward Councilman Phil Cohen announced he was running for re-election in November of 2023. Cohen, a first-term councilman elected in 2019, is running in the wake of a failed recall effort.

“I am running for re-election, so I can continue the work of improving all Hoboken residents’ quality of life and keeping our city on a sound long-term fiscal path,” Cohen said.

Read more about the Hoboken City Council at www.hudsonreporter.com.

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